I’m Back…I think…

Well, here’s hoping that I will be able to be in front of the keyboard enough to write some blog entries, make some tweets, do some face time on Facebook, and all that jazz! I’ve been AFK for the past two months for various reasons, the most exciting of which was a trip to Belize!!! For research, of course! I’m overflowing now with incredible ideas for Synergy 2012:Return to Magic, my next project. This urban fantasy is going to draw  upon the 2012 Mayan Calendar renewal, and I literally climbed a mountain inside and out to feed this story!

Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased Regression, Evolussion, and Revolussion. It’s incredible to think that tens of thousands of people have read my words, and many have enjoyed them enough to reach out to me through emails. I so appreciate that support, especially with the challenges we’ve been facing both personally and professionally in our family. The print copy of Revolussion will be coming, as well as an omnibus version, but they will simmer on the back burner for at least a few more weeks.  

I have an exciting new semester at school, teaching senior chemistry as well as an online course, and I hope the energy of the changing session will ride me through composition of Synergy…I’d like to have it ready for spring Equinox. We’ll see if life cooperates…

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When is a book finished?

This is such a difficult question to answer, and I’m learning my own response to it!

I re-wrote Regression a number of times, and actually am going to work on an omnibus for the holiday season which includes the first draft (alternate ending) as a bonus. Interestingly enough, neither Evolussion nor Revolussion have alternate endings since the first draft was very close to the completed copy. Why?

Because I learnt that the book will never be finished until I choose it to be finished, because there is always something which could be changed. When I read Regression, I begin to re-write it in my head, while I am more satisfied with the other manuscripts.

So the completion of a manuscript is the point at which you the author think it is finished telling the story. In looking at Revolussion, I know there are the smaller, side story-lines which I could have kept on writing, but I decided that those could be left up to the reader’s imagination. Dawn’s story was over. At least, her story as the mother of humanity. Stew, Nicholas, Hope, Avery…I could continue with their stories, but their roles in the original plot have ended, and I need to take a break from the Infinion Series to test myself against new material. Can I write something else? Fantasy? Science Fiction? Contemporary? I want to try them. And then, I might come back and carry on where Revolussion left off!

Look for news on Synergy 2012: Return to Magic on the blog as I begin a new project!

11/11/11 – Revolussion!

Yes, release date is finally here. I am a bundle of nerves.

See, publishing Regression was easy, because no one had any expectations of me. Actually, as one person said, they ‘didn’t know [I] had it in [me]’. But, for Evolussion and now Revolussion, I know there are people waiting to see how the story plays out and I’m afraid of disappointing them. So I doubt I’ll sleep a wink tonight as the conclusion of the Infinion series goes live on Amazon. I’ll be checking the site all the time, wincing as I slowly scroll down the page to see any new reviews…I suppose if the first one is a negative, it won’t be a surprise because the star rating will show up top anyway. But, I do hope the majority of readers enjoy the story.

And, that is all I can ask for, that most people are satisfied with the ending. You can’t please all of the people all of the time, and I am happy with where the story went. But, that doesn’t change the fact I am anxiously fearful of reader responses telling me they hate it!

I set a deadline for Revolussion, one that made sense based upon the key date in the story. I don’t know if that was a good thing, or a bad thing. Many authors and bloggers say they love the flexibility of self publishing because they don’t work to a deadline, they work to their own pace. To be honest, I likely would not have finished the novel without a self-imposed but publicly posted deadline, because life has the bad habit of stealing my time away from me. But, knowing that people were looking forward to the deadline had me stealing that time right back – often late at night again, just like with Regression. My next project is a fantasy, Synergy 2012: Return to Magic, and I have not set a deadline for completion. I’ll see if the world conspires against me less when they don’t know what I’m doing, LOL!

Off to press publish on the Amazon version of Revolussion…Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Revolussion-Infinion-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0065SEITA . Apparently it hasn’t propagated through to other etailers yet.

Dirty Old Men

When I was a teen (I’m talking as young as fourteen or fifteen years old), it was not uncommon for me to be the subject of pick up lines from men on the street, or at the mall, or elsewhere, who were at least ten if not twenty years older than me. Things like “Do you want to go halves on a baby without the kid” or “I’m giving free moustache rides tonight, are you in?” were par for the course, although not all of the attempts at connecting were quite so vulgar. I was so naïve I had no idea what the second one meant until much, much later, thank goodness, as I think I would have been mortified to understand what was being offered. No, these were not people I knew. These were complete strangers making advances!

It happened to me so often that I actually had a couple of standard comebacks – when I was really young, it was “Hey, Dad, you need to take me home so I can do my homework,” or as I got older it was “So, Dad, can I borrow the car keys ‘cause I have a date tonight”. Both played on the fact the man in question, truly old enough to be my father, was usually surrounded by a bunch of buddies and I could rebuff his offer in a way that got everyone laughing, instead of yelling “Get the F*^# away from me, you perv!” I lost count of how many times I used the lines, but it truly was a regular occurrence right through until I was of legal…drinking…age.

Do I think they were serious? Had I been receptive to any of the come ons, I highly doubt the guy would have said, “Hey, sweetie, I was only kidding.” In fact, I know more than a few fifteen year old girls who had relation(ship)s with guys at least ten years their senior, and at least one twenty years older, back in the eighties when I was a teenager.

Do I think it’s okay? No. Nor in the reverse with a teenaged boy and an older woman. But, it did happen with girls who are truly aged fifteen years. So, in Regression, when a forty-year old woman in a fourteen-year-old body is having a relationship with a man who is a decade older than her, I did not think it was entirely out of the realm of possibilities, because my own experiences in the eighties were that many guys made the attempts, and I’m sure that more than a few of them found success when they tossed out those lines at teenaged girls.

Then again, maybe my experiences with those hound-dogs back then was unusual, but I doubt it! Today, perhaps such behaviour would not be as common (although I’m thinking it is!), but since Regression is set in the eighties anyway, I stand by the validity of the relationship!

The Other Blog – Sample Sunday Post

Since I don’t have much traffic at the other blog (either), I’d better post the link here when I update there, at least for now.

There is a wee excerpt from Revolussion that might be fun for some readers.
http://kathybellauthor.blogspot.com/2011/04/sample-sunday-science-fiction.html

Progress is happening…actually, off to write some more right now. Finished 2200 words in 1.5 hours last night, here’s hoping the flow continues!

Sample Sunday

I don’t want to be redundant, so I’ll just post a link from here to my Blogger.com blog, where I’ve put up samples from Regression, Evolussion, and Revolussion in honour of Sample Sundays on Twitter.

Time has been tight lately but lots of blog entries have collected in my head. Once I’ve got a handle on drafting Revolussion, then I’ll begin composing some blog entries once again.

Behind Regression: Nicholas Weaver

Although I knew, when composing Regression, that a man had been responsible for forcing the regressions to save the woman he loved, I had not planned on working him into the first story. But beta readers kept on asking how the heck Adya knew so much, making me realize my hints about her having multiple past lives were not obvious enough. Hence the journal entries from the future, sharing Nicholas Weaver’s thoughts and exeriences.  Not everyone catches the clues in Nick’s Notes (I tagged them as such when working on the draft) which explain not only what the disaster of 11/11/11 is, but also how many times he has replayed this same history.  

Even those who absolutely hated the novel appear to enjoy Nicholas and his thoughts. I enjoyed writing them, as well. I wrote them haphazardly, in no particular order, and then organized them within the sequence of the other chapters to compliment the content of the main story. One very astute reader noticed that the dates of Nick’s notes coincide with the date of the subsequent chapter of Adya’s story, but I am not sure if many others caught that connection. I added the dates after inserting the journal entries where they made the most sense.

Nicholas Weaver is a man chasing a dream. The dream of a woman loved and then lost, but also the dream of being the saviour of humanity. When he arrives to join the alternate timeline already in progress in Evolussion, he finds a world beyond any of his imaginings. And a cataclysm even greater than the one he spent one thousand years trying to avert. But, at least he has Hope. Where the two of them go in Revolussion is yet to be seen, as the story weaves itself at the end of my fingertips, but his character is one I especially relish writing. Perhaps he’ll give me a few surprises as the story materializes.

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